Mr. Tree to
Brussels , March 30, 1888. (Received April 9.)
Sir: Referring to your No. 97, of the 30th of January last, relative to the imitation by persons in Belgium of gold coins of the United States, and of postage-stamps and obligations of foreign governments and our own, I have the honor to transmit herewith the correspondence had with the Belgian minister of foreign affairs on the subject.
The question upon which information was asked of the Government, that is, as to whether the laws of Belgium prohibit the manufacture of the species of imitations described in the letter of the Secretary of the Treasury, it will be observed, is not directly answered in the note of the Prince de Chimay.
As far as I can learn from other sources, there is no law on the subject in Belgium. I submitted the question to Mr. Devolder, present minister of the interior and of public instruction and, until within a few months, minister of justice, on one occasion, when in conversation with him, and he told me that he knew of no law of the kind here, although, he admitted that such a law ought to exist.
I will not fail to promptly transmit any further information which I may receive on the subject through the foreign office.
I have, etc.,